Age 29 – Cervical Dysplasia

This woman is 29 years old, has a retroverted uterus, has not used oral contraceptives for 7 years, and has no children.   She is a non-smoker and a social drinker.  She had pedunculated fibroids removed via laparoscopy from her outer uterus about a year before these photos were taken.  Recent ultrasounds show no new fibroids.

While taking photos of her cervix for this site, she noticed white spots on her cervix. Her doctor tested the cells and found that she had Mild Cervical Dysplasia, CIN I caused by HPV. She had cryosurgery to remove the tissue.




Mild Dysplasia

This is a picture of CIN I, mild dysplasia.



2 months post Cryo




4 months post Cryo

She still has a little dysplsia left on her cervix.  However, her new doctor says LEEP is not necessary, and they have decided to just monitor it.

24 thoughts on “Age 29 – Cervical Dysplasia

  1. I just had cryosurgery and am in my two weeks of healing. I’ve been feeling very depressed about the whole thing but seeing what the doctor has seen, has helped me feel a little better about having to have the procedure done. Thank-you:)

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  2. Hi is just want to say I like your site very much and I hope you continue with the projects. I am more interested in this as I have been diagnosed with genital warts a few months ago.

    QUESTION: Seeing this picture with mild dysplasia.. if IN CASE I try to touch it.. will I “feel” a bumpy texture of the part of the cervix where dysplasia is??

    I know some sites may say “you cannot FEEL dysplasia” but.. WOMEN KNOW THEIR BODIES BETTER.. I’ve been “feeling” my cervix.. (or i think that was my cervix) ever SINCE my diagnosis.. the first few months feel like it’s SOFT and WET and SMOOTH with no bumpy feel at all. However.. JUST THIS MONTH.. there’s a feeling of TINY SHARP BUMPS! They may probably be too tiny.. I could only feel it when I put PRESSURE on my finger so I can feel the bumps..

    What is your thought on this? I’ve been taking the pill for three months now.

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  3. Thanks for the pictures i just went through an abnormal pap, a colposcopy, and a LEEP. Now i am be seen by a cancer specialist just to make sure eerything is Hopefully Gone! Your pictures and stories sre a real help. i mean there’s no way a mirror can show me what u did.

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  4. I had cryo done when I was 17 years old. It was a rough few weeks afterwards and I was told I may have a difficult time conceiving afterwards. Since I was so young I didn’t see a problem with this. I am 30 years old now and I have since had 2 children. If you are going through this, don’t stress. I have had normal paps ever since I had this done with absolutely no lasting effects from it. Lots of luck to all!

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  5. I am just adding to my last comment, since i last posted i have been all but crured or cervical cancer through a complete hysterectomy( all but my overaries) i just wanted to say it was so nice to see actual pictures of what i am/was going through and i really hope your project is seen by all women. it is a real wake up call when you find out you have a “female” problem. Ever one always says oh its just oncea a month and a few cramps but as you have researched and we have seen it is much more than that. I amjust thankful my docters ar proactive in helping find the HPV viris and diagnosing other Problems. thank you again for all the insight on your Beautiful Cervix Project. dawn

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  6. These pics are AMAZING! The amount of relief I am feeling about having the LEEP procedure, much less what a cervix looks like is uplifting.

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  7. I have a retroveretd Uterus and had a papsmear last year during my consultation I was told I have a very Healthy looking Cevix. However within this year Ive noticed that my cervix has moved and reverted backwards into my vagina. .

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  8. realy helpful to all who have had this to all the woman faceing this dont give up i was also told i could not have childern after i was fighting cancer now god has blessed me with two kids 4 @nd 2 so never put ya faith in a doctor leave it in GODS HANDS thanks again!

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  9. hi i am really thankful to you with your hard work , i got a problem but dont know what’s wrong ‘ i have been trying for a baby for 3 months and nothing happen yet ,i went to see my nurse she said my cervix is looking down , can you please show me some pictures whose cervix is the same as me if you have any .
    thanks again

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  10. I had a son and he is five months old now and the dr did a pap and a biopsy because the pap came back irregular. The dr said i had mild cervical cancer and they just wanted to watch it, but i also have cysts on my ovaries and endometriosis. The doctor refused to do anything and said i would be fine and ignores that i am in tears hurting so bad alot on my right side. It feels like somebody is stabbing me and I dont know what to do he gave me ibuprofen for the pain but that is a joke it DOESNT help at ALL. What do I do I dont have insurance and am so tired of being in pain. I was gonna pay for everything but they refuse to treat me.. VERY AGGRIVATED AND NEED SOME ADVICE AND GUIDANCE ON WHAT TO DO?????????

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    Miriam Reply:

    Cass -
    Have you contacted Planned Parenthood?
    You may also qualify for Medicaid, as you have been given a diagnosis and don’t have any insurance (assuming your income is low).
    When I needed a mammogram, I contacted Susan G. Komen Foundation about getting their help to get one. They put me in touch with a free program and a social worker at a local hospital, who got me my regular exams (pap & mammo) and then follow-up colpo. Fortunately, I didn’t need further care, but the social worker told me that if I had, Medicaid has a fast-track authorization for people who have certain conditions. Maybe you could contact hospitals or some women’s health centers to see if they can give you some assistance or suggestions. You might even try contacting the Medicaid office directly.
    I hope this information will be helpful to you. I am so sorry you are going through this, and wish you good luck and improved health.

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    Carrie Reply:

    Cass ~ you can call the American Cancer Society 800-227-2345, they will help you find resources that you need. Good Luck!

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  11. Cass~ My advice to you, find a different doctor ASAP! I found out in 2008 that I had a 5cm cyst on my right ovary and because I did not have insurance at the time, nothing was done about it. A few months later, I felt bad pain around my right ovary, went to the ER and found out it had grown to 11cm. Still because of no insurance, nothing was done about it. Just recently (December of 2010) I got on my counties insurance program so I could go have the cyst removed. They did a pap and found I have HPV that progressed into CIN3. I had surgery 2 months ago to try and remove the cyst alone (and the precancerous cells on my cervix). Sadly, because the cyst was there for so long, it caused adhesions and they had to remove my right ovary and tube along with the cyst. Don’t wait, find a different doctor!

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  12. I’d just like to say thank you to all of you for sharing your stories. It makes me feel far less alone in all of this. :)

    I just had cryosurgery less than two hours ago for a high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion they found on my cervix. It’s the second time I’ve had to have cryosurgery (first time was when I was 19, and now I’m 28), and this time, it’s much worse. The doctor said he’ll probably have to do a LEEP in a few months after I’ve healed.

    I’m terrified.

    Any advice?

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  13. Over the last few months, I’ve had abnormal bleeding, a regularly sore bladder after drinking liquids along with a very frequent trips to the toilet and a range of other symptoms. I went to the Doctors for smear test and was then referred to the Gyno Clinic for a Colonoscopy test. This showed White Patches on my cervix and a small cut/abrasion which was bleeding slightly. I was also told I have the HPV virus. A biopsy was done and sent to the lab. I am currently waiting for the results to come back which will be in 3-4 weeks. I also have the Mirena Coil which was fitted around 2 years ago. I have had the same sexual partner for 17 years, and no others. At this stage I am not worried, but very puzzled about the HPV because for the past 2 years since having the Coil, myself and husband have been using extra protection just in case I got pregnant on the coil. Its the first time I’ve been through this so any information from anyone would be really appreciated. It’s nice to share and hear others people experiences. Thanks!.

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    Lena Reply:

    Jane, I’m a medical assistant @ a GYN and assist the Dr with colposcopys. I wanted to let you know that HPV can lay dormant in your system, pop up & make your pap smear wacky, then later go dormant. Depending on what your lab results show, your doctor may monitor by having you return for a repeat pap smear in 3 months or a LEEP or Cryo.procedure to remove any worrisome areas of the cervix. I hope this helped clarify a bit.

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  14. Boas,
    temho uma dúvida ,quando me lavo por vezes consigo tocar no meu colo do utero e noto desde á 10 anos qiue este tem alterações ao toque tipo sinto umas pertuberancias ,tem dias que sinto som o toque 3 outros 2 ,gostaria de saber se isso é sancer ou HPV ,sempre fiz citologias e os resultados eram sempre negativos e estava sempre tudo bem por isso nao faço mais desde á 3 anos. o que tenho? o colo do utero é normal ter pertuberancias? tive 4 filhos ´tenho 47 anos .Obrigada

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    Susan Reply:

    have you told the doctor that you felt them? also if those changes have not gotten more noticeable or worse over the years, it is probably benign.
    Você disse ao médico que você sentiu-los? também se essas mudanças não ficaram mais perceptíveis ou pior ao longo dos anos, é provavelmente benigno. (Espero que esta tradução está correta.)

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  15. Hi I am writing on behalf of my daughter. She will be turning 21 on January 16 of 2012. Recently she had a abnormal pap smear and a had a colopsy done and found that she has severe dysplasia. So she is now scheduled to have a conization done at the end of January. I am just beside my self. I had her get the guardisil shots when she was a teen. Can anyone give me some words of encouragement? Could this be cancer? or would have that already showed on the biopsy? Oh dear, I am just soooo worried.

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    Jenn Reply:

    Vicki, I had my pap come back as low, then high grade and then after colposcopy, it came back as cancer. I never had HPV. I will say this, if it already is cancer, they would have told her after her results from the colp.

    I just had my second cone biopsy last week, the first removed a 20mm depth. They removed all the cancerous cells, but wanted to remove all the precancerous (dysplasia) cells, so they went in a second time.

    I know it’s hard not to worry, but the medical advances for cervical cancer are amazing. If you’re in Canada, I’d recommend Dr. Covens at Sunnybrook in Toronto.

    That being said, a Cone isn’t that bad, they freeze your cervix, which is a pinprick, not painful, and then when you’re frozen they do what they need to do. Bleeding for me lasted 3 weeks the first time. Tylenol or Advil work for the cramping.

    Best of luck!

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  16. b4 and after i gave birth my pap went abnormal …so i went colposcopy procedure after almost 2 mos results came so, my doc told me i will go surgery to remove precancer cells on my cervix its inside …am soo worried after the surgery …dont know wat to do my doctor did not telll me if what level of cervical dysplasia coz im crying so hard that time…am thinking for 2nd opinion what do u think folks…

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  17. I’ve had two abnormal pap smears come back in the past year. My doctor never told me what the results are other than “oh there’s no change. It’s still low grade squamous”. It’s frustrating cause of all the discharge symptoms and vaginal redness i have. I know there’s something wrong. So i found out that my doctor is retiring and he referred me to a new gyno who looked over my past pap records and told me that i have mild cervical dysplasia caused by HPV. I’ve also been having painful bladder and frequent urination for the past 4 months. The doctor says the bladder thing isn’t related to the cervical problem. Is that right?

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    Reneigh Reply:

    I would get another second opinion, bladder symptoms can be related to the cervix especially if it has been on going for the amount of time you’ve suggested. Good luck, wish you all the best!

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  18. I have had Abnormal paps since I was 17. I am. Now 22. I have hpv and mild dysplasia and ascus have had 3 colpos done. Just found out today I have high pre cancer cells and getting cryo done Wednesday . Very scared :( just hope it works!

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